Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning
Leah is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. She is teaching Land Use Planning courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, a seminar course on Green Infrastructure, and a graduate course on Physical Planning Analysis. Dr. Hollstein’s dissertation, titled "Planning Decisions for Vacant Lots in the Context of Shrinking Cities: A Survey and Comparison of Practices in the United States," focused on the issues facing Shrinking Cities in the United States, particularly ameliorating or restructuring the strained physical form of cities undergoing shrinking processes. Her research continues to be focused on shrinking cities in the U.S., urban redevelopment, planning practice, and planning research methods.
While at UTSOA, she worked as a Teaching Assistant in both the Planning and Architecture programs as well as a Graduate Research Assistant for faculty in Planning and Architecture as well as for the Center for Sustainable Design. Prior to matriculation, she worked in Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD, in both landscape architecture and town planning studios for an architecture and planning firm. Dr. Hollstein holds a BA from Rhodes College in International Affairs and Economics and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment.